This article breaks down NBA options for tonight by which five players are the best option for your lineup at each position. It will cross over multiple salary tiers and doesn’t necessarily have to be the most expensive players but rather the guys you want to target for your DraftKings lineups!

TOP 5 POINT GUARDS

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PGJohn WallWASPOR$9,400
PGKyle LowryTORBKN$8,800
PGD'Angelo Russell LALORL$6,900
PGJordan ClarksonLALORL$5,900
PGDJ AugustinDENNY$4,000

  • Portland has allowed the 7th most steals to point guards over the last 3 weeks and John Wall ($9,400) has at least 2 of them in 3 of his last 4 games
  • Kyle Lowry ($8,800) is trending up with at least 42 DraftKings points in 4 straight games while the Nets have allowed the 8th most fantasy points to point guards over the 3 weeks
  • The Lakers are sending out D’Angelo Russell ($6,900) for 35 minutes every night now and he’s responded by scoring over 21 points in 5 of his last 6 games
  • Jordan Clarkson ($5,900) has made at least 3 three pointers in back to back games and will see additional minutes with Lou Williams ($4,700) out for the Lakers tonight
  • Over the last 5 games DJ Augustin ($4,000) has the biggest DK point increase of anyone in the NBA going from 12 to 25 DK ppg

Editor’s Note (3:30 PM ET) – Kobe Bryant is ’50/50′ to play tonight against the Magic. If Bryant were to miss the game we’d likely see additional opportunities for both Russell and Clarkson (mentioned above). Bryant has been playing less of late but his absence paired with the Lou Williams injury could also open up minutes for Marcelo Huertas ($3,200). Huertas, a 32 year old rookie, has played 31, 32 and 27 minutes over his last three games and has at least 18 DK points in each of those games.

Editor’s Note (7:15 PM ET) – Kobe Bryant has been ruled out for tonight. See the note above for the DraftKings implications of Bryant’s absence.


Top 5 Shooting Guards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SGCJ McCollumPORWAS$7,200
SGVictor OladipoORLLAL$7,100
SGZach LaVineMINSA$5,800
SGGary HarrisDENNY$5,000
SGMarkel BrownBKNTOR$3,800

  • CJ McCollum ($7,200) has at least 5 assists, 2 steals, 2 three pointers made and 20 points in back to back games
  • He nearly missed a triple-double yesterday and now Victor Oladipo ($7,100) gets to face a defense that’s allowed the 4th most fantasy points to shooting guards over the last 3 weeks
  • San Antonio has only been middle of the pack defending shooting guards recently and Zach LaVine ($5,800) has at least 30 DK points in 6 straight games
  • Danilo Gallinari’s injury has vastly increased the minutes of Gary Harris ($5,000) and he has played over 40 in 4 of his last 5 games
  • Over the last 5 games Markel Brown ($3,800) is in the Top 5 for both increased minutes/DK points and just scored 21+ points in back to back games


Top 5 Small Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SFCarmelo Anthony NYDEN$8,400
SFGordon HaywardUTAATL$6,800
SFKent BazemoreATLUTA$5,200
SFAl-Farouq AminuPORWAS$4,100
SFKyle AndersonSAMIN$3,500

  • Carmelo Anthony ($8,400) has over 40 DK points in 5 straight games and has pulled down double-digit rebounds in 3 of those (no less than 7 in all)

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  • Gordon Hayward ($6,800) has at least 24 points, 4 assists and 2 three pointers made in 2 of his last 3 games
  • With 25+ DK points in 5 straight games Kent Bazemore ($5,200) is making the most of his recently increased minutes
  • The starting small forward for the Blazers has averaged 27 minutes in every month this season and Al-Farouq Aminu ($4,100) also scored 16 points with 4 three pointers made in his last game
  • The Spurs playing on back to back nights means Kyle Anderson ($3,500) may be in for a minute/usage increase and Minnesota has allowed the most fantasy points to small forwards over the last 3 weeks


Top 5 Power Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PFDerrick FavorsUTAATL$7,500
PFThaddeus YoungBKNTOR$6,800
PFAaron GordonORLLAL$6,700
PFJulius RandleLALORL$6,200
PFMarkieff MorrisWASPOR$5,500

  • Against the Pelicans Derrick Favors ($7,500) put up 28 points/11 rebounds/6 blocks/3 assists and the Hawks are much weaker defending the paint than New Orleans is
  • Thaddeus Young ($6,800) sat out for rest on over the weekend but should be back and ready to nab at least 1 steal for the 6th straight game
  • Aaron Gordon ($6,700) has a double-double with at least 15 rebounds in 2 of his last 3 games
  • The Magic have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to power forwards over the last 3 weeks and Julius Randle ($6,200) has a double-double in 2 of hist last 3 games
  • Portland has allowed the 5th most rebounds and 7th most blocks to power forwards over the last 3 weeks and Markieff Morris ($5,500) is settling into a starting role for Washington playing 30+ minutes per night


Top 5 Centers

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
CKarl-Anthony TownsMINSA$7,900
CBrook LopezBKNTOR$7,300
CMarcin GortatWASPOR$6,800
CRudy GobertUTAATL$6,600
CJonas ValanciunasTORBKN$5,300

  • Karl-Anthony Towns ($7,900) has 18 field goal attempts in back to back games and 8 blocks in his last 4
  • Over his last 4 games Brook Lopez ($7,300) is averaging 22 points/7 rebounds/4 assists/1 block/1 steal
  • Portland has allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to centers over the last 3 weeks and Marcin Gortat ($6,800) had 17 rebounds/4 blocks in his last game out
  • The weak interior of the Hawks should please Rudy Gobert ($6,600) who has pulled down 18 rebounds in back to back games
  • Jonas Valanciunas ($5,300) has a double-double in 2 straight games and at least 1 block in 3 straight